Read coach Mike Rice’s now-terminated contract with Rutgers University

April 5, 2013
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, Rutgers head coach Mike Rice reacts to play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers has fired Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice. With mounting criticism on a state and national level, the school decided to take action on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. relieving Rice of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
Former Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice, shown reacting in January to a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in Piscataway, N.J. (Mel Evans/AP)

By now I am sure that you have seen the video footage of former Rutgers University head basketball coach Mike Rice screaming at his players, shoving them, violently chucking balls and yelling anti-gay slurs. When Rutgers athletic officials saw that video in November, they suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75,000 and ordered him to seek anger management counseling. When the video went public this month — sparking outrage from alumni, faculty, students, fans and others — university officials fired Rice.

Rutgers officials announced Friday that Athletic Director Tim Pernetti had agreed to leave the university. Meanwhile, there are calls for the resignation of Rutgers President Robert Barchi, who said that he was told about the video last year but did not watch it until recently.

I asked Rutgers officials to send me a copy of Rice’s contract, which was terminated this week. Over the past few years, I have read through many contracts basketball coaches have signed with public universities, which are usually public records, and was curious what Rice and his lawyers had negotiated. Here’s a copy of that contract, along with my notations:


Jenna Johnson writes about Maryland politics, including the General Assembly, the administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley and the 2014 election.
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